The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has called on the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to immediately call of the strike and go back to work and embrace dialogue in resolving their grievances.
The group, which described the actions of the two unions as acts of sabotage to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, wondered whether they are ignorant of the current economic realities in the country.
In a statement the group also wondered why the two unions would go on a strike without considering the economic situation in the country at present.
“The economic realities of the country today do not support the frivolous manner with which some workers’ unions in the country embark on industrial actions.”
The statement, which was signed by the Group’s Chairman Austin Braimoh and Chief Cassidy Madueke said: “we view the strike actions by the two unions as unpatriotic and capable of worsening the plight of Nigerian students and needy patients who are yearning for their services.”
The BMSG said that the two unions should have weighed the impact of their actions on the citizens at all times, bearing in mind the wider implications they can have on the polity.
“We, therefore, urge ASUU and NARD to immediately call off the strike and exhaust the dialogue options with the federal government.”
It said that so far the federal government has shown good faith in the approach it has adopted in handling the issues, and asked the unions to reciprocate the gesture in the interest of all Nigerians. [myad]